Category Archives: Famous People I Have Met

Interview with Tomahawk’s Duane Denison, pt 1. (OffBeat. Nov. 2012)

The following is a short piece about Tomahawk, which includes an interview with the band’s guitarist/songwriter, Duane Denison. This piece led to another, longer, soon-to-be-published piece in Premier Guitar magazine, about Denison’s playing, and his interesting all-aluminum guitars. “After the 1999 breakup … Continue reading

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Interview with Sean Yseult’s new band Star and Dagger (Gambit Weekly. Oct 2012).

“I don’t like to say it’s straight-up metal,” former White Zombie bassist Sean Yseult says of her new heavy guitar band Star and Dagger. At a fighting weight closer to Down than her other band Rock City Morgue, Star and … Continue reading

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Interview with bounce rappers Cheeky Blakk and Magnolia Rhome (OffBeat. 2012)

“It’s an entity I put together. We are ready to tell a story,” says Katey Red, the trans queen of New Orleans bounce rap, speaking on her new “Dream Team,” performing at Voodoo Music Experience 2012. Red’s Voodoo gig has become … Continue reading

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Interview with Morris Day of the Time (OffBeat. Sept 2012).

I was very honored to interview Morris Day of the Time (the band that played Prince’s musical rivals in Purple Rain), who performed at St. Aug High School’s financial aid fundraiser, Hamp Fest, on September 28, 2012. If you would like … Continue reading

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Interview with The Neptunes. Aug 2004 (unpublished).

Seems not a week’s gone by in the past five years where The Neptunes haven’t produced at least one — if not five or seven — top-ten hits for the likes of Mystikal, Snoop Dogg, Usher, L.L. Cool J, Jay-Z … Continue reading

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Interview with Mannie Fresh. December 2011 (AntiGravity).

 Turns out the king wears no bling. The honor I felt getting a private audience with beatmaker and DJ Mannie Fresh was far more outsized than Fresh’s style of dress: a fresh but simple maroon Polo shirt and jeans. Embarassingly, … Continue reading

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Interview with Magnolia Shorty. Nov 2010 (AntiGravity).

I don’t have too many articles to my name that I regret. My OffBeat column (2002-2005), where I was allowed to write in first person (a column, to me, is like tuning into someone’s short-wave radio or cable-access show), featured … Continue reading

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Interview with Big Freedia (cover story). July 2011 (OffBeat).

“I am not transgendered; I am just a gay male,” says Freedia, on the front patio of the Country Club clothing-optional pool in the Bywater, one recent hot spring day. In the past, Freedia was often packaged with fellow gay … Continue reading

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Interview with Craig Wedren (Shudder to Think). Oct 2008 (FILTER).

Especially around the time of their most perfect album, the major label fundedPony Express Record, Shudder to Think were the best band in the world. Yet no one liked them. Actually, some loved them, while others, like the skinheads in the … Continue reading

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Interview with Mastodon. Oct 2011 (Gambit).

Mastodon is a beast. The Atlanta heavy metal kings began a decade ago, playing over-the-top, technical 15-minute epic songs you’d never imagine would resonate with general audiences. Going from basement shows to big tours opening for the band’s favorite, Metallica, … Continue reading

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